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Thread Social Dress
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WHY WE LOVE IT

Digital technology has given designers the ability to craft exuberant patterns that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago. Whether they're stamped, woven, handpainted or silk-screened, the effect allows you to be your own Mardi Gras.

MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU
Ask yourself how much attention you can handle. Even a short dress (no gowns, please!) will stop traffic. A kaleidoscope shoe or bag may be enough for you—pair either with neutrals to show it off. And restrict what you put with eye-popping tops, skirts and pants: Those garments and accessories must satisfy a "noncompete" clause!

Photos: (left to right)Alexander McQueen; Oscar de la Renta; Versace; Narciso Rodriguez.

Click through to shop the look!

02 of 07

DKNY Pants

DKNY Pants
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Silk slacks, DKNY, $195; at select Bloomingdale's stores.

03 of 07

M Missoni Tote

M Missoni Tote
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Canvas bag, M Missoni, $395; 212-431-6500.

04 of 07

Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller Tank

Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller Tank
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Crêpe de chine top, Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, $210; at Nordstrom.

05 of 07

Rebecca Taylor Wedges

Rebecca Taylor Wedges
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Silk and leather platform sandals, Rebecca Taylor, $385; 212-966-0406.

06 of 07

Robin Skirt

Robin Skirt
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Silk skirt, Robin, $250; 646-619-6857.

07 of 07

Thread Social Dress

Thread Social Dress
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Cotton knit and cotton voile dress, Thread Social, $540; shopbop.com.

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